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Supporting traditional rongoa practice in contemporary health care settings

33 months
Approved budget:
Dr Amohia Boulton
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Project
Lay summary
This project will identify the health service arrangements that best support traditional rongoa Maori practice, in a contemporary setting. Using a Maori-centred approached and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, the research will identify the features of health service arrangements that are both consistent with principles of rongoa practice and that ensure cultural integrity. Outcomes from the study include; a ""map"" of the rongoa service provision landscape; the production of evidence to directly inform policy-makers (Stranding Policy Forum); the provision of training for two community-based researchers; and ultimately, a Service Department Model (SD Model). The SD Model, in its ability to demonstrate the service arrangements required to support improvements in rongoa service provision, will be a practical tool for healers seeking a more systematic approach to service improvements; assist healers in future negotiations with health funders; and contribute to the future sustainability of rongoa providers.